Well permit applications; disclosure of trade secrets. (SB1291)

Introduced By

Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Well permit applications; disclosure of trade secrets. Authorizes the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (Department) to require disclosure of chemical ingredient names, chemical abstracts numbers, or the amount or concentration of chemicals or ingredients used to stimulate a well notwithstanding exclusion from mandatory disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act as a trade secret. The bill authorizes the Director of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (Director) to disclose such information to additional Department staff or state or local officials to assist the Department in responding to an emergency. The bill prohibits such individuals from disseminating such information further. The bill requires the Director to notify the party that submitted the trade secret of disclosure as soon as practicable. The bill prohibits orders issued pursuant to 45.1-361.27 from including trade secret information. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101749D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1291)
01/19/2017Rereferred from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2017Rereferred to General Laws and Technology
01/24/2017Assigned GL&T sub: #1
01/30/2017Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2017Rereferred to Finance
02/02/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1291)
02/02/2017Failed to report (defeated) in Finance (8-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)